Worship Service : 10:30 a.m. Sunday 

Office Hours : 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Tue - Fri

Phone : 306-586-3613

Kathy's Spiritual Meanderings....

I have been reflecting on all the different turns we can take as we journey through life.  Sometimes those turns are driven by our own choices, sometimes the turns are things that we have no control over - other than how we react to the new direction.  One of my sisters let me know last week that she and her partner are both quitting their jobs and heading out on an adventure.  They have rented places to stay on the East Coast and plan on just getting to know a new part of the world for the next 3 or

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At Sunset United, we begin worship by singing a piece of music that is intended to draw us into community.  My theory is that we come from a wide variety of places - geographically, emotionally, spiritually - however you want to interpret the diversity of places we travel from!  In singing together we invoke the Spirit whose love binds us together - it is a reminder that for this moment, in this space, we are not alone - we have companions on our journey.  So even though we may not know all the names of those who sit in the

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This morning I had a conversation with a couple who are interested in having their one month old baby baptised.  They have no formal church connections anywhere, but they want to take the spiritual well-being of their child seriously - and baptism seems like a good beginning for that process.  We had a great conversation about faith and about belief and about community.  I love talking about who we are as a Sunset community and the wide diversity of our theologies.  I feel really honored every time I am able to say that we take our invitation very seriously, when

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I am currently away for a week of continuing education.  I am at my first meeting of the Central Council for the Centre for Christian Studies - the school where I studied for ministry from 1995 - 2000.  I deeply appreciate the education I received at the Centre, and decided it was time for me to give back to the school in some way.  I agreed to be the United Church co-chair of the Central Council, working in team with a co-chair from the Anglican Church, since our school is shared by the two denominations.  It truly is a huge

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I think it has taken me until today to recover from a very busy Easter weekend.  What a whirlwind!  I always hold so many pictures in my head/heart of the various gatherings that happened over the weekend - community at its very best as we ate together, sang together, prayed together.  However, I am glad that the pace does slow down a little after the chaos of a weekend with 4 different church services!  I think one of the things that helped me feel energized today was that I got a phone call out of the blue from a person

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I always find it intriguing this time of the year when people are making friendly conversation at the grocery store, and they ask, "Got any plans for the long weekend?"  Usually I choose to just say, "Oh, not too much."  The reality is that I have 4 services to organize, and not a whole lot of time to just unwind and enjoy the relaxed pace of a "long weekend".  What I am actually looking forward to is relaxing on Monday morning!  That is not entirely true.  I actually do really love this job of mine.  Each of these 4 gatherings

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A brand new website!  Won't this be interesting to see if I can figure out how to actually publish this blog?  It's always a little scary to step out onto new ground, isn't it?  That is partly what the service about Sunday will be about.  Sometimes we just have to take a leap of faith, and trust that we will find the path we need to walk.  This is Palm Sunday.  Ever since I began in ministry in 1995, I have told a modified version of the story of the last week in Jesus' life.  It is a story that

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This past Tuesday we gathered for the 3rd of our Lenten conversation evenings.  There were 6 families who came to share some of their own story of fostering and/or adopting children.  I had sent them an e-mail and suggested a few questions they might want to consider as a way of structuring their own story - how did they make the decision in the first place?  What were some of the Holy Moments along the way?  How had they themselves been transformed by the experience of welcoming these little people into their lives?  I really had no idea how the

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This morning two parents of toddlers came in, with their toddlers, so that we could plan out our Palm Sunday worship service.  At one point Kevin was trying to explain what Zack was doing and Zack said - "no, Daddy - I'm talking to Kathy"!  And then Emily had to explain to me all about how her Dad came to see her in the middle of the night but really she didn't want her Dad, she wanted her Mom - all the frustration in her little body as she gestured to me how she felt about all of that.  I

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Last night we gathered together as a Tri-Church community to have a conversation about worship - people from 3 United Church congregations here in the south end of Regina.  One of the comments made was that even though we worship in different buildings, we actually have a fair bit in common.  Sometimes it is easier to think of things that divide us or that set us apart from each other - it was helpful to take a look at the the things that actually unite us.  And at the heart of it was our love of worship.  People sat in

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This week marks the second Sunday in Lent.  Traditionally, Lent has been the six weeks leading up to Easter where we evaluate our lives and strive to be more "spiritual" - and part of that tended to be figuring out what we could give up for the six weeks.  I think it was mostly meant to help us sort out what was essential in our lives and to pay attention to those things that were not absolutely necessary.  But somehow it always had a twinge of punishment in my mind - that somehow it was about feeling guilty about those

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We are in the process of writing our Annual Report for the congregational annual meeting which will happen on Sunday, February 28th.  It's always a good process to spend some time reflecting on where we have been, which will hopefully lead us into dreaming a bit about where we might be heading next.  This is also the first Sunday in Lent.  Lent is an invitation to set out a journey - a journey into the wilderness - a journey that leads us to the Cross.  Yikes - not quite as easy as a journey that leads to the Cradle for

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Ever had one of those mornings where you wake up feeling like you never really slept all night long? I know that I slept last night, but this morning I felt tired and draggy and it was hard to motivate myself to get much done. And then I got one of those phone calls that can make all the difference - Jeff called to ask if I wanted to take my dog, and join him and his dogs on a walk out in a field. It was great! Windy, and a bit more snow than we were expecting, but the

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Last night we gathered for our monthly Board meeting at Sunset. There were about 10 of us around the table, and, as always, the conversation was lively. There are so many things that come before us for discussion - a huge variety of issues that need to be talked through before we take any action. It is rather amazing to watch what happens as we listen to the collective wisdom. I may arrive at the table assuming a topic will go in a particular direction, and then I watch in awe as people share their thoughts and we decide to

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This week 11 women gathered together to make meatballs - we made 682 in total!  In about an hour - rather amazing!  I actually never touched any of the meat.  My role was comic relief as I took pictures and walked around and made sure each woman there knew how much she was appreciated - I am much more comfortable in that role rather than in one that has me preparing food!  The reason we were making meatballs is that for the next 4 weeks in a row, we invite people from our congregation to come and enjoy an old

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The bible reading for this Sunday begins with the story about a man who is paralyzed.  There are so many people crowded in to hear Jesus, that it is difficult to get close to him, and so, this man's friends get creative - they climb up on the roof, and lower the bed with their friend on it down through the roof so that Jesus can see him.  Generally, the focus tends to be on this man and on the healing that Jesus offers.  But somehow, my attention this time is drawn to his friends.  It is amazing what can

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One of the traditions I have on New Year's Day is to pull an angel card to see what word will lead me into the New Year.  Sometimes our sons have been here and had the pleasure of joining me in this tradition (they usually humor me, but I'm not convinced they would name this as one of our beloved traditions!).  This year, it was just Art and I here.  His word was "balance" - as many of you know, he works in Manitoba during the week, and drives here on the weekends - a 4 1/2 hour commute one

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I cannot lie - I really love this time of year!  The two services we will be doing tonight are so very different - and I love them both!  One is going to be full of laughter, and chaos, and the huge excitement of little kids.  The second one will be more silent than not - with candles and music and space to just rest for a little while.  I need both of those things on this night, and I am very thankful for a community that allows for both kinds of occasions.  As long as I can remember, one

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I have all the worship bulletins done now except for January 3rd, which I will do next week.  Now I have to get all the power points put together.  And then I need to figure what I am actually going to say at all these services!  Yes, indeed, it is very full - add to that a funeral and the week feels like it is full to overflowing. Susan loaned me a book entitled "Just Show Up".  One of the quotes that has stayed with me as I prepare for all these services is:  "Friends. Community. It

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This is such a very full time of the year - mostly I love it - but there are times when it is actually a little hard to catch my breath.  Which is one of the reasons I love the Advent evening events that have been planned for this year.  Last night there were about 15 people who gathered together to make soup.  We began by sitting in circle (surprise, surprise!) and talking about the food that each of us associates with Christmas - we heard about Trifle and mince meat tarts and meat pies.  It is kind of amazing

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Sunset United Church

 

Phone: 306-586-3613

office@sunsetunited.ca

177 Sunset Drive
Regina, SK, S4S 6Y7

Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Tuesday - Friday